Oak, Furniture

Caring For Your Outdoor Furniture In Autumn

With the arrival of the cooler, wetter autumn weather, many of us find ourselves naturally spending less time in our gardens. However, it’s important to nurture your garden and outdoor furniture so that come spring, when the warmer weather hits, they are ready to be enjoyed right away. To help you do this, we’ve put together some useful tips and advice for maintaining your outdoor furniture throughout autumn and beyond.


Maintaining your outdoor furniture

Keeping your outdoor furniture well maintained can extend its life and allow you to enjoy it for many years to come. Fortunately, oak is a very resilient material for the outdoors and doesn’t need to be treated to last over autumn and winter like other materials such as softwoods. This makes the task of maintaining your furniture easier than you might think, just a few easy steps can go a long way in protecting it against the elements.

We always recommend conducting a thorough clean of your outdoor furniture in autumn rather than waiting until spring. Remove any dirt, moss, lichen and bird droppings as these all retain moisture which, when left over time, can cause issues such as rot. This is especially pertinent for any pieces of furniture positioned in shady areas which are typically cooler and more damp. When cleaning your outdoor furniture, we recommend using a stiff, but not metal, brush, warm water and a pH neutral detergent. For more stubborn dirt, we recommend using sugar soap or a wood cleaning solution.

It’s at this time of year that the placement of your outdoor furniture is also very important. If the furniture is in constant contact with grass or soil we recommend a piece of slate or quarry tile is placed under each foot. Alternatively, you might prefer to move the furniture to a different surface in the garden such as a paved terrace or balcony.

Outdoor Furniture Covers

While our oak outdoor furniture is perfectly fine left outdoors all year round, some might prefer to cover their furniture to keep it clean and dry. If you plan to cover your furniture this autumn, ensure that it is clean and dry before covering. We recommend using a high quality cover that has been made to measure for that piece of furniture and ensures good air circulation as this reduces the risk of mildew which can be caused by poorly fitted or low quality covers. If you are interested in a cover for your Gaze Burvill furniture please get in touch with our team, who will be able to assist you in measuring and designing a custom-made furniture cover.

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Aftercare Service

Should you require any assistance or have any questions about maintaining your outdoor furniture, we have an experienced aftercare team who are always ready to offer advice on how to maintain and care for your outdoor furniture.

Alternatively, they can take out the hassle and clean and recondition it for you. Our Aftercare service offers the peace of mind that your furniture is kept in great condition, retaining its beauty and resilience for years to come and ensuring that you enjoy the furniture at its absolute best. The process will bring back the softness of touch, protect, rejuvenate and make future maintenance easier. Click the button below to learn more.


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